We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
2014 Unofficial Ambassador Alessandra Testa sent us some snapshots that remind her of her experiences in Morocco, teaching English at the Azrou Center for Community Development.
My students presented me with this sign near the last days of classes. It hangs above my desk and reminds me of how gratitude is so easy to give, yet makes the biggest difference. As the recipient, I am proof of that.
This is an arrangement of some of the memories I made in Morocco: sitting on top of the traditional woolen blanket I bartered for in a room full of blankets and rugs are two pillows that one of my students shyly presented me with at the end of one of our classes, and a leather bag made in Fez.
This mug is perfect for humid college dorms–it has been created to serve cold, and not hot, beverages.
This Berber painting comes from Casablanca. I love the rough brush strokes, thick layers of paint, and mystery the painting conveys.
A copy of the Arabic alphabet.
The Arabic books I use for school. The most commonly-taught form of Arabic to foreigners is FusHa, or Modern Standard Arabic. It’s closest to the Arabic used in the Qu’ran, and unlike regional dialects like Morocco’s Darisha, is widely understood across the Muslim world.